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I didn't see anything posted here about the Vista Ultimates revealed at CES, so I thought this article might be of some interest. I'd like to know what your opinions are on this.

 

 

"This is a project Stardock has been involved in for some time both in terms content and making tools and enhancements to it. So what exactly is Windows DreamScene and what are the extensions and enhancements coming out for it?

 

Windows DreamScene is an animated wallpaper technology that plays high-definition video content as your wallpaper. The key ability of it is that it can do so without using significant amounts of CPU (basically the decoding of the video is the only real CPU use involved). The animation itself is run through the hardware accelerated DWM.

 

Windows Vista Ultimate users will be able to download additional content through Microsoft as well as through a new site called Dream.WinCustomize.com. The site will include new content, tools, and enhancements to Windows DreamScene.

 

The first enhancement is a new program called DeskScapes. DeskScapes extends DreamScenes to support dynamic content (i.e. videos are pre-rendered). With dynamic content, you could have your wallpaper change based on weather, time of day, or news. Or you could just have some cool Direct3D "stuff" that runs (like one of those fish aquariums running as your wallpaper). "

 

You can read more at the article below.

 

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I smell some spam... I mean, it looks nice and all, but 3 posts, and what looks like a pre-written post? Even if its a cool guy and everything, just posting out of the blue a pre-written article, hmm. Besides, Stardock's utilities have never been that "efficient" I'll stick with UxTheme and find a freeware alternative if I really want a video background in Vista

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